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Yukon Legal Symposium (Whitehorse)

October 21, 2022
Best Western Gold Rush Inn
411 Main Street
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2B6 
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The never-ending employment law developments continue to impact employer obligations and employee working environments. Changes to legislation have meant that organizations need to continually monitor their employment files to ensure they stay updated on the latest legal developments. This full day event will provide an overview of recent decisions, new and updated employment legislation, as well as a preview of emerging trends to watch out for in the new year.

This symposium includes:
• 3 Keynote Presentations
• 1 Interactive Activity in Small Groups
• 5.25 CPD Hours

Time: Registration 8:30-9:00am; Presentations 9:00am-4:00 pm (Breakfast, Buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided.)

CPD Hours: 5.00

Venue: Best Western Gold Rush Inn, 411 Main Street, Whitehorse, Yukon

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Registration Fees: Early Bird Rate
(On or before Sep 26th)
Regular Rate
(After Sep 26th)
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Fees and/or agenda are subject to change without notice. All pricing excludes applicable taxes. HST/GST # 119446714

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AGENDA | Friday, October 21, 2022
8:30 - 9:00am

9:00 - 9:15am
Registration/Breakfast & Networking

Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:30 am

The Return to a "Post-normal" Workplace
Paul McLean - Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP (Meet Paul)

10:30 - 10:45am
Networking & Health Break
10:45 - 12:00pm

Trauma Informed Practice: An Act of Reconciliation
Karen Snowshoe - Gwizhii Institute of Learning (Meet Karen)

Session details coming soon!

12:00 - 1:00pm
Networking & Lunch Break
1:00 - 2:15 pm


Activity Format: Each keynote speaker will rotate and facilitate this session at the attendee tables.
2:15 - 2:30 pm
Networking & Health Break
2:30 - 3:45 pm

Settlement: Resolving Employment Disputes
Michael Penner - Kent Employment Law (Meet Michael)
3:45 - 4:00 pm
Thank you & Closing Remarks

Paul D. McLean - Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP
Keynote Session: The Return to a "Post-normal" Workplace

Session description:
As workplaces continue to adapt to the realities of carrying on business with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this session will review current trends in remote work, including vaccine mandates, occupational health and safety obligations, employee monitoring and the right to disconnect.

Paul D. McLeanMeet Paul McLean:
Paul is a partner of Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP in Vancouver. Paul has been helping employers across Western Canada resolve workplace law problems for over two decades. He has significant experience in the mining, transportation, education, hospitality, construction and financial sectors.

Recognized as a leading practitioner by Best Lawyers and Lexpert, Paul provides strategic counsel to clients concerning employment litigation, occupational health and safety, shareholder disputes, workers’ compensation, human rights, labour injunctions, CCAA proceedings, workplace class actions and executive compensation issues. Like many lawyers, he frequently finds himself in court or before administrative tribunals and arbitrators.

When not attempting to stop pucks as a beer league goalie, Paul lectures as an Adjunct Professor at the UBC Faculty of Law, where he teaches employment law.

Michael Penner - Kent Employment Law
Keynote Session: Settlement: Resolving Employment Disputes

Session description:
The majority of employment disputes settle prior to litigation. In this session, we will review the movtivations to settle, bargain strategy and specific tools to utilize.

Michael PennerMeet Michael Penner:
Michael is a straight-shooter. Known for his no-nonsense, get-the-job-done approach, he is particularly skilled at focusing on the issues that matter amidst the unnecessary "noise" that can come with legal disputes.

After nearly 20 years of legal practice that have included work on complicated high-conflict cases and disputes involving multiple parties and jurisdictions, nothing fazes Michael. Confident and reliable, his ability to assess the possible legal and business outcomes of every case appeals both to clients in conflict and to those seeking to avoid potential workplace problems.

In addition to his superior legal skills, Michael also brings a unique cultural perspective to his work. Early in his legal career, he responded to the needs of our Northern neighbours and moved to Nunavut where he hung a shingle and helped launch the Territory’s inaugural Canadian Bar Association Branch. Five years later, he expanded his practice to include clients in the Northwest Territories. Now located in Victoria, BC, he continues to serve clients across Northern Canada, maintaining his practice credentials in multiple provinces.

Michael’s other unique offering is his extensive experience conducting union arbitrations. Having recently obtained formal certification as a Qualified Arbitrator, he looks forward to sharing his expertise with unions and employers across Vancouver Island. In his off-hours, Michael will continue to stay fit by chasing either his dog, Clover, or opponents on the rugby pitch (where he recently played for the Canada Classics against the US!).

Karen Snowshoe - Principal & Founder, Gwizhii Institute of Learning

Session details coming soon!
Karen SnowMeet Karen Snowshoe:
Ms. Snowshoe is a Lawyer, Arbitrator, Mediator and Educator.

Since 2009, Ms. Snowshoe has provided Adjudication services (claims of first instance and appeals) and Mediation services across Canada. Her clients have included the Indian Residential School Adjudication Secretariat, the Northwest Territories Human Rights Adjudication Panel, the Workers’ Compensation Tribunal, the BC Human Rights Tribunal, Law Society of British Columbia Tribunal, governments (Provincial, Municipal and Indigenous), post secondary institutions, unions, health authorities, social service agencies and non-profit organizations.

Ms. Snowshoe has chaired two Federal Land Claim Arbitration Panels and maintains membership in numerous professional organizations dedicated to the administration of justice. She is passionate about supporting early dispute resolution in a manner which is fair, timely, and trauma-informed . To this end, Ms. Snowshoe has held over 150 hearings across Canada and written 100+ well-reasoned decisions involving claims of first instance and appeal.

Ms. Snowshoe is a leader in providing trauma-informed and culturally sensitive investigations. As senior counsel with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls (MMIWG), Ms. Snowshoe built, trained and led a national team of statement gatherers who conducted trauma-informed interviews across Canada.

Ms. Snowshoe is a highly sought after educator in trauma-informed practice. Her customized workshops on Indigenous Reconciliation and Trauma Informed Practice have garnered widespread acclaim for inspiring participants to engage in reconciliation in a way that honours the humanity and dignity of all. In 2018, Ms. Snowshoe was elected as a Bencher (Governor) of the Law Society of British Columbia. Having served two terms, Ms. Snowshoe brought a unique perspective to the governance of the Law Society. She has made valuable contributions in the following areas: Access to Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Credentials, Practice Standards, Truth & Reconciliation, Mental Health Task Force and the Disciplinary process. In 2021, Ms. Snowshoe wrote a dissenting decision in the Bronstein matter. This was precedent setting and historic dissent led the Law Society of British Columbia to strike a task force on Indigenous Engagement in Regulatory Matters. Ms. Snowshoe is the first-Indigenous woman to be elected as a Bencher in the Law Society of British Columbia.

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Michael Penner
Organization: Kent Employment Law

Michael is also a labour law specialist and has handled hundreds of grievances both in the private and public sectors. Not only has he conducted hundreds of arbitrations as union counsel, he is also a Qualified Arbitrator and brings that additional perspective to his work. As a senior litigator, nothing fazes Michael. Regardless of the complexity of the case, Michael has an innate ability to f

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